Toy Day: A San Antonio Tradition
Institute of Texan Cultures partners with San Antonio Fire Department for toy drive
SAN ANTONIO – On Saturday, November 26, the Institute of Texan Cultures and San Antonio Fire Department will help bring back a classic San Antonio tradition: Toy Day. With the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for the fire department toy drive, children 12 and younger will receive free admission to the museum.
The event reflects the 1930s tradition, when children were rewarded for their generosity with tickets to the movie theater. In keeping with the tradition, the Institute of Texan Cultures will offer entertainment with classic cartoons showing in the 26-screen Dome Theater, and a chance to see the new exhibit, “Timeless Texas Toys,” which includes a “make & take” craft that children can make on their own.
Children will have the opportunity to explore San Antonio Fire Department equipment, including a ladder truck, a fire engine and an EMS unit. Sparky the Fire Dog and firefighters will be on-hand to answer questions about their profession and to offer holiday safety tips.
“Cowboy” Santa will make an appearance and be available for photos at a small charge of $10. Also, guests can enjoy cookies, apples and milk generously donated by McDonald’s.
All toys donated will benefit the San Antonio Fire Department Toy Drive.
Regular admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership or UTSA identification. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.